The Big Story

Maryland’s Purple Line Plan

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The 16-mile Purple Line, which would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, is designed to provide faster and more-reliable east-west transit than buses and connect Maryland’s spokes of the Metrorail system with neighborhoods, MARC commuter rail stations and Amtrak stations.


Hogan’s critics see ‘War on Baltimore’ as reflection of city’s diminished clout

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The governor spurns Maryland’s top city as its political and economic muscle has fallen, analysts said.


Prince George’s commits an additional $20 million to Purple Line

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The county has agreed to up its commitment to $120 million in cash financing, but under two conditions.


When a local need becomes a vital regional necessity

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Both quality of life and the real estate market in the D.C. area depend greatly on reliable regional mobility.


Montgomery agrees to pay $40 million more for Purple Line construction

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County Executive Isiah Leggett said “some sacrifices” will be needed to pay for the light-rail line.


Next question for the Purple Line: Will the money be there to build it?

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As the state begins talks with Prince George’s and Montgomery to pay more, federal funding is up in the air.

Purple Line design and construction could begin May 16, state says

Winning bid will be chosen by Jan. 15, according to bid documents.

Purple Line bid deadline pushed back to November

Construction could begin shortly after a winning bid is selected next spring.